Mineworkings is a photographic-based project on the theme of revisiting Scottish mining communities. This involved new photographs as well as incorporating a range of archival photographs, audio reminiscences and display of key personal artefacts related to my participants, who were at the heart of this project. The inspiration came from a group of photographs of Scottish miners and their families taken by the American photographer Milton Rogovin in 1982. His photographs are in the collection of the National Galleries of Scotland. With the photographer’s medium format contact sheets as starting points, Mineworkings realised new work through close collaboration with those same communities visited by Rogovin in 1982. The resulting artworks are on show alongside the photographs of Milton Rogovin as part Before and After Coal: Images and Voices from Scotland’s Mining Communities. This is also the 40th year anniversary of the miners’ strike (1984-85).

Before and After Coal | Opening Talk (in person) Tuesday 26 March, 12.45-13.45pm. Free but booking essential!

Watch this space for more information coming soon!


Journey Lines, 1980-2024 by Nicky Bird
Featuring Outline map of Scottish Coalfields 1980

Courtesy of the artist and the National Mining Museum, Scotland
Copyright of this map is unknown. If anyone knows who owns the copyright, please contact Nicky Bird.

Mineworkings, 2023-2024 by Nicky Bird
John and Dave, Live Guides, National Mining Museum Scotland / The Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Midlothian, 2023